Monday, 22 March 2010

Promenade Plantée - Paris

The sun is shining today and the Socks felt the need to burn off some of the excess calories they have gained during their last week in Paris. The Promenade Plantée is an overhead walkway following the course of a disused railway line running about 4 kilometres from the Bastille to the Bois de Vincennes. The walkway was completed in 1989 and it is now a triumph of urban planning and regeneration.

The Promenade is planted with both wild and cultivated trees. For us the first flowers of the season showed that at last Spring had arrived. The abundance of sparrows thought so too as they flitted around the bushes filling the air with their cheerful song. Well tended and frequently changing form and structure included planters, pergolas entwined with roses (which will be fabulous in the summer)

ornamental ponds and lots of little sun-traps with seating. Some benches provided a sunlit warmth for the homeless, others a rest for the businessman sleeping off his liquid lunch. The more energetic jogged or wandered past along the walkway.

Daffodils are not my favourite flowers but as a sign that the long dreary winter is at last over they could not be more welcome!

As part of the regeneration of this area the archways beneath the Promenade have been turned into upmarket arts and crafts studios and show rooms - a pleasure just to gaze in the windows.

An extremely enjoyable afternoon and a part of Paris a little different to the usual tourist run.


Gilly said...

What a treasure you found. I stayed in Vincennes a few years ago and I had no idea that existed. The clarity of your pictures brings the promenade to life. Lovely post.

Arabella Sock said...

Hi Gilly

We found it mentioned in a fairly obscure guidebook and I'm so glad we did. The various Paris 'Places' are of course gorgeous but somehow they are a bit too polished and pristine. This was much more laid back and 'accessible' (for lack of a better word).

Ms B said...

Qui ressemble un intersting très promener mon petit boudin.

(Ha, how appropriate, WV is amatin)

Rob Clack said...

Damn! Now I'll be forced to take Eurostar to Paris again! Life's tough!